George Ashkar, a former sole principal of Fortress Capital, Inc. (Fortress), agreed not to apply for associate membership or principal status with the National Futures Association for five years to resolve administrative charges brought by NFA.
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Ashkar, a former sole principal of Fortress Capital, Inc. (Fortress), agreed not to apply for associate membership or principal status with the National Futures Association for five years to resolve administrative charges brought by NFA.
Fortress, which was also barred for the same period, is a former NFA-member operating as an introducing broker, commodity trading advisor, and forex firm. The bans follow an NFA Hearing Panel and complaint filed by the regulator’s Business Conduct Committee.
These violations included failure to record assets and liabilities and repeatedly submitting inaccurate financial statements, as well as the use of misleading promotional materials. In addition, Fortress failed to maintain minimum adjusted net capital, even though the firm was in a position to identify and stop the abuses.
After NFA informed Fortress of this capital shortfall, the broker obtained a capital infusion that brought it above its net capital requirement. However, the company did not report this capital deficiency with NFA until the end of February 2014.
Fortress has been an NFA member since 2010. Besides its futures and forex business, the company operated a number of other activities through its affiliated entities.
NFA’s probes into Fortress’ operations identified several deficiencies, including placing trades on behalf of some investors without obtaining the required written authorization to do so. Last year, the NFA introduced new amendments that require forex dealer members to provide additional trade disclosures and firm-specific information that include commissions and any other fees.
For Immediate Release
September 20, 2019
For more information contact:
Kristen Scaletta, 312-781-7860, [email protected]
Karen Wuertz, 312-781-1335, [email protected]
NFA bars former Fort Lauderdale, Fla. introducing broker and commodity trading advisor Fortress Capital, Inc. and its former sole principal George Ashkar from membership for five years
September 20, Chicago—NFA has barred Fortress Capital, Inc. (Fortress), a former NFA Member introducing broker, commodity trading advisor and forex firm located in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and its former sole principal and associated person George Ashkar from membership for five years.
The Decision, issued by an NFA Hearing Panel, is based on a Complaint issued by NFA’s Business Conduct Committee. The Hearing Panel found that Fortress failed to maintain adequate books and records by failing to properly record assets and liabilities and repeatedly submitting inaccurate financial statements and net capital calculations to NFA. More importantly, the Panel also concluded that Fortress failed to maintain minimum adjusted net capital.
The Hearing Panel also found that Fortress used misleading and deceptive promotional material. Finally, the Hearing Panel found that Fortress and Ashkar failed to adequately supervise Fortress’ use of promotional material and failed to have adequate procedures addressing ethics training, cybersecurity, forex operations and customer risk disclosures.
For more information, read the Complaint and Decision.